Intel D945GCLF Small Front Panel using PIC12F629


This is a simple circuit with two buttons and two LEDs to control the D945GCLF Intel motherboard. Both power and reset buttons are included as well as hard disc activity  LED and power status LED. The special feature included is the sleep effect of Apple laptops on the power LED!

Intel D945GCLF Small Front Panel

Design and Implementation

The design goals were:

  • simple to connect to the motherboard;
  • power button;
  • the reset button;
  • possible front usb sockets;
  • Hdd LED;
  • Power LED with sleep effect.

Both power and reset buttons are included in the circuit as well as the LEDs and a pic 12F6xx microcontroller to generate the effect. No USB sockets are included. The connection to the motherboard is also easily done with a flat cable.


Schematic Front Panel

The circuit connects directly to the motherboard front panel header with SV1.

Each pin function is enumerated in the user’s manual and also here for convenience.


For more detail: Intel D945GCLF Small Front Panel using PIC12F629

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Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.